# "How many dollars do you have?"

August 26, 2015

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"Plenmano da dolaroj"

## Why is there da here? Why is there no -n on dolaroj?

I've written two blog posts which may answer these questions.

https://blogs.transparent.com/esperanto/de-kaj-da-how-do-you-say-a-glass-of-water-in-esperanto/

https://blogs.transparent.com/esperanto/where-are-you-from-are-you-one-of-us-de-vs-el/

io ideo, kial la akusativo ne estas uzinta cxi tie? [Any idea why the accusative case was not in use here] dolarojn, since transformed as an affirmation, I think you will say : Mi havas 10 dolarojn.

Ĉu iun ideon, kial la akuzativo ne estis uzita ĉi tie? (Maybe you could also write "Ĉu iu ideo...", but I think "iun ideon" is better because it seems to me that the whole sentence is "Ĉu iu [el vi] havas iun ideon...")

Yes, you would really say "Mi havas 10 dolarojn", but here it's "Kiom da dolaroj". Da is a preposition, so you don't need (and aren't allowed) to use the accusative here. You only use the accusative after a preposition if it means movement. For example:

• Birdo flugas en mia domo = A bird is flying in my house (it's in my house and it's flying there)
• Birdo flugas en mian domon = A bird is flying into my house (it's flying from outside my house into it)

literally this is expressed as How much/many of dollars have you? The preposition of makes it nominative when it is expressed as a quantity of something.

Mi estas princido de Niĝerio…

Da = many ?

da is of, when referring to a quantity.

But the previous example had "kiom doloroj" without the "da" so im confused to when this should/shouldn't be used in this case?

Kiom dolaroj is not correct kiom da dolaroj is correct

Actually, neither one is correct.

You'll have to show me a link. "Kiom doloroj" is not good Esperanto. If it's in the course (and I don't think it is) it should be removed.

I could believe "kiom doloras"

Ĉu "kiom dolarojn vi havas" vere estas erara?

Jes, vere.

Kiom da dolaroj...

See other posts for why we don't use "n" after a preposition.

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